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Ford Field - 1927

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The Ford Airport

At this airport, built by Henry Ford in 1924, world and national history was made, ushering in a new era of flight embracing the all-metal airliner, radio control devices, air mail, scheduled flights, and the airline services that the generation of the 1930's came to expect.

For the first time in the world:
A hotel, the Dearborn Inn, was designed and built for the air traveler;
A guided flight of a commercial airliner was made by radio.
For the first time in the U.S.A.:
An all-metal, multi-engine, commercial air-liner was built;
A regularly scheduled passenger airline in continuous domestic service was inaugurated;
An airline terminal for passenger use was constructed.

The airport's closing in 1933 ended Ford's experimental work in aviation.

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